Seminar Detail

Social Skills for Building Social Competence in Children & Adolescents: Design, Develop, & Facilitate Successful Social Skills Groups

Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

In today’s fast-paced world, children and adolescents are exposed to more information earlier than ever. Lack of “playing outside” and more structured activities with adult facilitation, compounded by poor problem-solving and lack of growth in social skills can lead to social growth disruption creating behavioral issues, anxiety, turning towards the “wrong” group of peers, academic concerns, withdrawal, and more.

Exposure to mature topics via video, video and online gaming addictions, social networking and electronic bullying and more are creating a new social climate for children/adolescents and those adults who are trying to assist them. A new level of social skills and social skills instruction is needed to navigate these “electronic waters”.

Join Dr. Berk for a day focused on how to design, market, and facilitate successful social skills groups for your students or clients – ages 5 through young adult.

Attend and you will also learn:
  • How to create a plan that is more successful than just teaching a social skill
  • Successful strategies from a therapist who has facilitated over 15 social skills groups for 10 years
  • Developmental skills for specific age groups, including ways to facilitate independent living and success on a job/work setting for the 18-22 year-old population
  • To identify the reasons that children and adolescents lack social skills and utilize this information to create intervention programs
  • How certain disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Language Disorders, Processing Disorders, Bipolar, Anxiety, Oppositional Defiant create/compound the lack of social skills and have their own particular deficits
  • Ways to reduce passive-aggressive and acting-out behaviors due to the lack of social skills
  • How poor social skills can create a cascade effect of behavioral issues

  1. Identify the reason for the absence of social skills in certain populations.
  2. Explain how certain conditions may cause or compound social skills deficits.
  3. Discuss the most important rules for designing and running a social skills group.
  4. List three strategies that can help children and adolescents make and keep friends.
  5. Describe practical strategies that you can use right away with families, classrooms, groups, and interventions sessions.
  6. Discover why most social skills groups fail to have the child/adolescent implement the skills and how to correct this problem.


Jay Berk, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and an internationally recognized expert in the child/adolescent behavioral field who brings both a clinical and education perspective to his work with children, adolescents and their families. For over 25 years, Dr. Berk has been treating clients with ODD, ADHD, autism, anxiety and stress, depression, learning disabilities, Tourette’s Syndrome and individuals who have multiple impairments. He conducts 15 social skills/mental health groups for children and adolescents and works daily with school and community professionals, families and parents. Dr. Berk continually consults for several school districts. In his private practice, in Beachwood, Ohio, he provides therapy for children, adolescents, families, testing and evaluation, school consultation as well as an alternative educational program.

Dr. Berk presents nationally on the topics of autism, disruptive behavior disorders, mental health issues in the classroom, ODD and social skills competency. In his workshops, he teaches professionals who work with children and adolescents, practical treatment and intervention strategies. He has been invited to present at hundreds of schools and conferences including being a repeated consultant to the Department of Education in Hawaii. As a past consultant to the United Nations, Dr. Berk authored a manual for UNICEF that was used by teachers working with children throughout Bosnia during the war. He has also worked in London, England with defiant teenagers; Kristiansand, Norway with traumatized youth; and the American Red Cross with trauma response.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Jay Berk maintains a private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Dr. Jay Berk is a member of the American Psychological Association.
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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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